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Axelson Symposium Explores Opportunities in Era of Change

2010 Axelson Symposium

CHICAGO, IL (April 12, 2010) – More than 500 people are expected to attend this year’s Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers to explore “Creating Extraordinary Solutions in Extraordinary Times.”

North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management sponsors the annual Symposium, which has been recognized nationally for its excellence. The event will be held May 13 on the North Park campus. A Pre-Conference Institute will be held May 12.

The plenary speaker on Thursday morning will be Janet Lapp, author of five best-selling books, including Plant Your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air. She also is the creator and host of the CBS series “Keep Well.”

Heather Gowdy of La Piana Consulting will speak during the luncheon on how societal shifts will require leaders, funders, and capacity builders to become futurists who can reimagine what it will take to survive and thrive. She helped author James Irvine Foundation’s report “Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector.” Following the presentation, three Chicago philanthropists will respond.

Participants will have the opportunity to receive speed consulting throughout the day of the Symposium. Attendees will get immediate counsel on pressing questions related to development and fundraising, marketing and branding, board and organizational development, strategic planning, and more. Speed consulting registration information will be included in the automated confirmation e-mail sent to all attendees. Pre-registration is encouraged.

The winners of the Alford-Axelson Award in Managerial Excellence will be announced during the luncheon.

Registration is $225. The pre-conference institute is $150. 

The Axelson Center offers more than 20 one-day and half-day workshops annually on the North Park campus. Every year, more than 1,000 nonprofit leaders benefit from its programs and services.

Visit the Symposium website for more information.